Public Affairs Sub-Committee

Public Affairs Memo - End Modern Slavery

Following on from PA’s article raising awareness around the WI campaign No More Violence Against Women in issue 8 of The WI Hive, you can  read the full articles below.

Jeannie’s Story

Bury Women’s Aid

Lighthouse Women’s Aid


Resolutions 2019/20

Resolution Shortlist

The National WI Board have confirmed that both this year's resolutions will be campaigned on:

Call to increase potential stem cell donor registration

Wording: There is an urgent need to increase the number of people registered on the aligned UK stem cell registry in order to provide potentially life-saving treatment to people of all ages with certain blood cancers. We call on all WI members to promote registration to the database to avoid people dying whilst waiting for a match.

End Modern Slavery

Wording: There are tens of thousands of victims of modern slavery hiding in plain sight in the UK. Modern slavery has severe consequences for the health and mental wellbeing of survivors.  The NFWI calls on Government to protect victims of modern slavery in the first instance and deliver longer term support to help them rebuild their lives. We call on our members to raise awareness of the prevalence of modern slavery throughout society and to campaign to defeat it.

The 2019/20 resolution voting results were:

A Call to increase potential stem cell donor registration 38,280

Female crash test dummies 9,124

End modern slavery  35,395

Time to talk about death and 9,820

Protect our precious helium 11,705

Total selections received 104,262

The 2021 WI Annual Meeting will be on the 19th April at the Royal Albert Hall.  NFWI are considering options for the submission of resolutions in a much shorter timescale, best methods to achieve a short list, along with revising the process for discussing resolutions and the voting on them by WI's. Results of these discussions will be published as soon as the NFWI Board have finalised their discussions.

A range of resource materials for these two resolutions can be found under the Public Affairs tab on the MyWi website


To support members to get involved the Public Affairs team has produced a range of resources:

At the June 2019 WI Annual Conference two resolutions were passed:


Take part in NFWI research on cervical screening


This study aims to explore a wide range of issues, including barriers to cervical screening.

The decline in local bus services -   The resolution passed with a 96% majority.

Don’t fear the smear - The resolution passed with a 97% majority.


The speakers at the SWFWI 2019 Resolution Conference were:

Don't Fear the Smear Resolution:

Dr Susie Unsworth, GP at Angel Hill Surgery, Bury St Edmunds

Leanne Brown, Screening and Immunisation Co-ordinator, NHS England - Public Health England East

Mrs M Prasad Consultant Obstetrics and Gynaecology,West Suffolk Hospital NHS Foundation trust

Call against the decline in rural bus services Resolution:

Mr Huan Hunworthy from a voluntary community service

Annie Philips, Public Affairs Committee Vice Chair.

The Powerpoints and information links used:

Cambridgeshire Campaign for Better Transport's report:

The future of rural bus services in the UK

Suffolk County Council's conversation meetings around rural transport:
feedback link:

Powerpoint by Annie Phillips, SWFWI Public Affairs Committee Vice Chair

Powerpoint presentation by Leanne Brown
Screening and Immunisation Co-ordinator, NHS England - Public Health England East

Powerpoint presentation by Dr Susie Unsworth
GP at Angel Hill Surgery, Bury St Edmunds

Women’s health advice blog to try and improve access to information around women’s health issues -


The 2019 NFWI Resolutions are:

A call against the decline in local bus services

Wording - Over the last decade there has been a massive decline in the number of bus services, particularly of those in rural and semi-rural areas. In order to alleviate loneliness, improve health and wellbeing, as well as promoting sustainable development, the NFWI calls on the Government and local authorities to increase subsidies and work in partnership with bus companies and community transport operators to enable an adequate provision of services.

Don’t fear the smear

Wording - Cervical screening saves around 5,000 lives a year, yet attendance is currently at its lowest for a decade. The NFWI urges WI members to attend routine screening, to take action to raise awareness of the importance of cervical screening and address barriers to attendance to help eradicate cervical cancer.

You can find a selection of resources to help you learn more about the resolutions on the WI website and on My WI:

  • Detailed briefing notes about each resolution.
  • A PowerPoint presentation on the topics.
  • Quizzes to test your knowledge.
  • A Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document about the resolutions process.
  • A discussion guide with ideas about how to discuss the resolution in your WI.
  • Videos

Report on the 2019 Resolution Conference

2018 Resolution passed at NFWI Annual meeting

Make Time for Mental Health

The NFWI's Public Affairs Department has produced a series of short educational videos about mental health.  These are a free resource for members to use as part of any meeting or event they are organising. There are four videos, each covering a different topic: mental wellbeing; women and mental health; mental health stigma and mental health support services.  All feature a WI member with personal or professional experience in this area.

To support members in starting and facilitating conversations about these issues, each video is accompanied by a guide which has been produced in partnership with the charity Rethink Mental Illness. The guides include suggested questions for discussion as well as sources of further information and support. All of these resources can be downloaded from the Make Time for Mental Health page of My WI here.

2017 SWFWI Resolution - Invisible Disabilities

Not every disability, impairment or condition is visible and according to the World Health Organisation, a billion people live with some kind of disability. These impairments are not always apparent or signalled in a way that would be readily identified but cause real day to day issues for those living them. They can affect all ages and all genders. Awareness and education around Invisible Disabilities is ongoing but much work is still needed.

Following the successful Federation Resolution, the PA Committee will be posting organising and campaigning ideas around this resolution on this page.  Please do let us know what your WI and/or individual members are doing in support of this Resolution via the Office.

Letter to MP from Great Ashfield & Badwell Ash WI

Reply from MP